Many many years ago as I flew home from college in a small propeller plane, I sat in the bar area in the tail of the aircraft next to 1950's celebrity Tab Hunter. He told me that he has to fly a lot and each time he lands he announces to himself, "Cheated death again!" … Continue reading Cheating Death Again
When I'm in Japan, people seem nicer, the landscape more beautiful, the mundane more interesting. The giggling groups of young women enjoying each other's company help me to appreciate how fleeting youth is. The laughs I share with new friends are more frequent. The reds are redder, the golds more golden. Respect for and tolerance … Continue reading It’s Almost Like Being in Love
(Note to readers: The reality I witnessed when visiting Hiroshima today was harsh. My reflections are harsh as well. It is not my intention to offend, rather to awaken.) There's no way to put a soft gel on the results of dropping a nuclear bomb on a crowded civilian population. My mind instantly rejected any … Continue reading I am SO Sorry.
When Danny suggested that we walk to an antique store we like to visit here on the opposite side of town, it seemed like a fine idea. The weather was mild, the mid-November sun warm and inviting. And we both could use the excercise. Taking an A to B walk in Kyoto is hypothetically an … Continue reading Less than Two Miles in 4.5 Hours
I awakened in Japan this morning to learn of the terrorist outrage in lower Manhattan. It's not the news any of us want to see wherever we are. We live in times that can easily be called disheartening. I have felt the encroaching darkness for several months for reasons that don't require illumination. Anyone with … Continue reading In Search of Beauty